Beery Christmas Day 18: Birra Del Borgo & Patagonia Santa Punch
Birra del Borgo goes to Patagonia: Santa Punch Imperial IPA
Following the success of its brews for the 2016 and 2017 Beery Christmas, including 25 Dodici, a majestic Belgian Strong Dark Ale that held the prestigious 24 December spot, Italy's Birra Del Borgo is back by popular demand. Brewing with typical Italian flair, like so many Craft Breweries Birra Del Borgo grew from Leonardo di Vicenzo's (no, not the wooden helicopter Illuminati guy from the book) hobby to become an internationally respected Craft Brewery. For Beery Christmas 2018, Del Borgo joined forces with their friends at Patagonia, one of Argentina's most successful breweries. Based on the eastern edge of the Southern Andes on the shores of the beautiful Lago Nahuel Huapi, Patagoinia's range of premium beers is inspired by nature, with a quality that really shines!
Birra Del Borgo & Patagonia Santa Punch – a Christmas party in a bottle…
If Christmas day is family time, then the weeks leading up to 25 December are party time! And along with other Christmas party traditions like sitting on the photocopier, what Christmas party is complete without Christmas Punch?
This was the inspiration for Santa Punch by Birra del Borgo and Patagonia Cerveza, a festive IPA brewed with Oleo Saccharrum – the secret ingredient in cocktail mixology – to give a deep citrus kick to the sweet, malty orange-jam flavour.
Pouring hazy copper with a small white head, the nose is a mix of toffee caramel and bittersweet orange marmalade. This bitter citrus zest character is written all over the palate – a perfect complement to the big sweet malt backbone – with a vibrant fruity and bitter orange hops profile to really get the party started. After the conga line, it’s time for the slow dance as your partner Santa Punch leads you to a long, fruity, but ultimately bitter union.
Imperial IPA – India Pale Ale turned up to 11!
Like 'Imperial', Double signifies a stronger, beefed-up (but still suitable for vegetarians) version of a beer style. You might even see Double IPAs referred to as Imperial IPA.
These beasts are heavier on the malts, the hops and the alcohol for a wicked-big mouthful of flavours. Alongside the higher % ABV Double IPAs often feature a huge toffee-malt sweetness balanced by a mondo hops bitterness to cut through the sweetness. Add in a classic American pine resin and grapefruit aroma – often combined with hints of tropical fruit - and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect DIPA!
Oleo Saccharum – The mixologist’s secret weapon
First mentioned in a book written way back in 1627, Oleo Saccharum has been one of the cocktail bartender’s secret weapons in the alchemy that is mixology for over 500 years. It is made by boiling sugar and water to make a syrup, then adding citrus peel to draw out the essential oils and form a pungent zesty bittersweet addition to your cocktail.
Famously used in classic Tom Collins and Daiquiri recipes, this easy to make ingredient will absolutely transform your cocktails, not to mention your IPA!